Waite Park turns down human rights offer

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Jun 4, 2013 at 6:32 am

WAITE PARK, Minn. (KNSI) The city of Waite Park has said, "thanks, but no thanks"  to an offer from St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis.

The mayor announced during his state of the city address in April than any of the bordering cities to St. Cloud could join the Regional Human Rights Office for free for the next two-and-a-half years.

Sartell and St. Joseph accepted the offer, but last night, on a 3-2 vote, Waite Park turned it down. Mayor Rick Miller and councilmen Herman Bartz and Mike Linquist cast the "no" votes.

Miller says residents already pay tax dollars for the state to operate a Human Rights Office in the area, and they shouldn't have to pay additional tax dollars to open an office here. Sauk Rapids is still studying the mayor's offer, and St. Augusta could make its decision today.

The Regional Huaman Rights Office looks into complaints regarding employment or housing discrimination. Federal community development block grant money will be used to fund the operations of the office, along with money from the federal department of Housing and Urban Development.

The city of St. Cloud is paying $40,000 to run the office.

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